Anna Karenina, water and apples were sent for Baumgartner to jail
10:25, — Politics
(updated at 11.50) Russian diplomats managed to meet Uralkali’s director general in the jail of Belarusian KGB.
Russian embassy’s employees sent personal belongings and water for Baumgartner to the jail, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.
The director general of Uralkali, which recently stopped cooperating with a country’s largest enterprise Belaruskali, was detained at Minsk airport on 26 August.
“Personal belongings allowed for being passed to the KGB jail were sent to him. In particular, we sent apples, potable water, personal hygiene items, stationery, envelopes and also the Anna Karenina book”, - Interfax-Zapad news agency learnt from the head of Russian embassy’s consular department Igor Koriagin.
“He feels well, although looks tired”, - the first secretary of Russian embassy in Minsk Gavriil Mamontov said. He noted that Baumgartner did not complaint about the conditions that he is kept in in KGB’s jail.
The Russian diplomat noted referring to the conversation with Baumgartner that he was “treated correctly” in the KGB jail. “For what I understood, he is kept in a single cell”, - Mr Mamontov said.
He said that Uralkali’s director general asked “the relatives not to worry”. “He asked to inform his mother that he felt well”, - Mr Mamontov specified.
The representative of Russian embassy noted, that during the meeting Baumgartner was told what a resonance his detention made.
Mr Mamontov explained that until today Baumgartner did not have access to media. He said that counsels will help file a request for a TV-set to be installed in the cell. At the same time the diplomat said that Uralkali’s director general had the opportunity to use the library in jail, and the administration provided him with stationery for writing letters.
“I can state that no violations were noted against the Russian citizen in terms of the detention conditions”, - Mr Mamontov said. “The embassy has the situation under control and will take necessary measures for Belarusian legislation and the bilateral conventions on consular relations are applied”, - he noted.
Mr Mamontov added that the embassy hope for the continuation of meetings of Russian diplomats and Baumgartner. According to him, the embassy is trying to find out from Belarus’ Investigatory Committee, whether the permission for the meeting was one-time or could be prolonged.
Mr Mamontov also said that a mmeting of Belarusian counsels with Uralkali’s director general is scheduled for Friday.
“Counsels will meet Vladislav Baumgartner today”, - Mr Mamontov said.
The Russian diplomat noted that Baumgartner had made a remark that he had only had a meeting with counsels after the detention and during an interrogation. In this regards Mr Mamontov said that an agreement had been reached that Belarusian counsels had an opportunity to meet Baumgartner at least once a week.
“The counsels are in constant contact with the embassy. If there is a need for an additional meeting, the embassy will prepare a respective note”, - he continued.
Belarus’ Investigatory Committee has brought charges against Baumgartner accusing him of power abuse. The possible punishment is imprisonment for up to ten years.
Earlier the mother of Uralkali’s director general detained in Minsk was denied a meeting with the son, and she left Minsk.
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